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|From: Collaborative Housing Society (cohosocweb.apc.org)|
|Date: Thu, 9 Nov 1995 09:15:35 -0600|
I am not familiar with panelized foam core, but the foam form systems I described earlier (AAB=polystyrene 4'x1' blocks, stacked like bricks, then cement poured in the 6" space in the middle; Royal Homes uses pvc blocks that act as the form, and are left in place to seal the walls) can look like anything you want them too. After construction is finished and the sheathing of your choice is applied, they look just like any other home out there. The sheathing certainly has a protective function, but is almost more a "decorative" addition, since styrofoam blue (AAB) or shiny baby-puke brown (Royal) houses do not tend to have the curb-appeal most people are looking for. I have seen houses of both types, and even though these were built to entice the standard single-family detached market, I see no construction or structural reasons to believe that they couldn't be shaped to any configuration you like. I suspect that the foam core panels others have been writing about would adapt as well - and would also have a strong attraction to build-it-yourself types. I still think I'll go for straw, myself. . . Russell Mawby Toronto cohosoc [at] web.apc.org
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